I own far too many eyeshadows but I couldn't wait to get my hands on the new L'Oreal La Palette Nude, which is exclusive to Boots. As a huge fan of L'Oreal makeup I was excited to find out they were releasing their very own 'nude' palette, set to rival my beloved Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette.
L'Oreal La Palette Nude comes in a sleek glossy black hard case palette with a large mirror on the inside. It consists of 10 'nude' eyeshadows and also includes a dual eyeshadow sponge and brush.
I have to be honest, I was shocked at how small this actually was. I get that this is a compact palette but this is tiny. I ordered it online as my local Boots in Bluewater Shopping Centre didn't seem to stock this back before Christmas, so when it was delivered the size of the palette really threw me. I think I expected this to be a bigger palette, much like the size of the Naked palettes.
Firstly what annoyed me was that the lid was covered in scratches. I could understand if I'd bought this in store, but not when I ordered this online, I mean where has this been stored for it to already have so many scratches on it? I know these kind of glossy cases are prone to getting scratched, but not this soon surely?
The shades are very similar to Urban Decays Naked 3 palette, with some obvious dupes, especially the matte shades, there's definitely a 'Limit' and 'Nooner' dupe in here, plus a few more. Check out my Naked 3 palette review with swatches to compare just HERE The shade range covers a lot of looks that would be suitable for most people, however I do think it's lacking some shades to help create a more dramatic look. I get that this is a nude palette, but a lot of people like to use nude shades to create a sultry smokey eye look, so I would have liked to have seen some darker shades.
|Swatches of the second picture of eyeshadows|
|Swatches of the Third picture of eyeshadows|
So I'm going to be honest, I'm not mad about this palette, in fact I'm very disappointed. Having been a fan of L'Oreal eyeshadows since I was a teenager I really did expect more. For me the colour range is just a bit meh, you can find these colours elsewhere, so this palette offers nothing new to what's currently on the market. The pigmentation and texture isn't that great either. Normally L'Oreal eyeshadows are intensely pigmented and are a dream to work with, whereas these eyeshadows are really lacking in pigment, you need to pack the eyeshadow on to create a strong look, they are also pretty hard to blend in too. I found that when I used this my eyeshadow looked really crap, yes I said I'm being honest. The colours just didn't really do anything and the texture on my eyes looked too flat and was really lacking something, especially in regards to the shimmers within the palette, everything just looked so chalky and not like a normal L'Oreal eyeshadow. The matte shades are ok, the two that I mentioned that were dupes for Nooner and Limit within the Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette are probably the best two shades within the whole palette, but for me the rest aren't any good.
Personally I'd sideline this palette, there are far more impressive nude eyeshadows palettes out there already. The size is too small, the packaging is obviously really cheap if it scratches so easily and the eyeshadows are a huge let down. For £14.99 you can honestly purchase something of better quality. Others may disagree with me, but of course this is just my opinion.
Have you purchased this palette yet? What were your thoughts?
Until Next Time